iB2MEDIA is a newly established publishing venture with a deep hinterland in the publication of serious nonfiction in History, Politics, International Relations, Current Affairs, Middle East and Islamic Studies, China and East European Studies, Biography and Memoirs.
Founder and Editorial Director Iradj Bagherzade has a background of several decades in international publishing, including as Founder and Chief Executive of I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, which was acquired by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2018.
iB2 seeks to bridge the gap between, on the one hand, scholarly and academic works and, on the other hand, serious nonfiction publishing for readers interested in the state of the world.
OUR RECENT PUBLICATION
On Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service
‘You’re good at languages. That means you go into the Diplomatic’, pronounced the father of the teenage Michael Burton.
And so began a diplomatic career, ranging from Khartoum to the Khyber Pass, that encompassed a wide variety of experiences: resolving tribal uprisings among Gulf Arabs, helping from Paris to achieve Britain’s entry into Europe, smoothing the path to a united Germany in Berlin after the fall of The Wall, and serving as British Ambassador in a post from which he had been banned by the Foreign Office twenty-eight years earlier.
Sir Michael Burton’s fascinating memoir describes interactions with four British prime ministers, an American president, an Arab king and a master Soviet spy – not to mention facilitating royal visits to several of his postings, which displayed Britain’s ‘soft power’ in action.
In the process, Burton vividly illustrates British diplomacy at work, and reveals an aspect of Britain’s governance that rarely sees the light of day.
Michael Burton was educated at Bedford School and Magdalen College, Oxford, and began his diplomatic life in 1960, when he was then sent to the Foreign Office’s so-called ‘Spy School’ in Shemlan, Lebanon, to learn Arabic. Thereafter Sir Michael’s career spanned a number of important postings in the Middle East and in Europe. He served in Germany as the Minister and Head of the British Mission in Berlin during the crucial period covering both the collapse of The Wall and of the German Democratic Republic. He was then appointed British Ambassador to Prague.
Burton’s book has received multiple plaudits from distinguished commentators:
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